Kafka Cleared For Snaps; Edwards Receives Praise


Mike Kafka has been cleared to take snaps, Marty Mornhinweg revealed Monday. There is a growing chance that his broken left hand will be healed enough to play in the Eagles’ preseason finale Thursday against the Jets.

Kafka has seen only nine snaps this preseason, and it would probably help all parties involved if the signal-caller out of Northwestern put some more on tape.

“Players at every position typically are either better or worse in a game. You want those guys that are better in a game – the gamers, you know,” said Mornhinweg on the importance of preseason play in making evaluations. He was asked if Trent Edwards fall into the category of a “gamer.”

“I think he’s a gamer,” said Mornhinweg. “There’s no question he has some natural instincts. I think his experience has shown as well.

“He understood his role, that he was going to get very few reps, and then I expected him to go into a game and perform at a high level. And he’s done that. He’s done just a beautiful…just as I expected him to do.”

Edwards really struggled his first few weeks as an Eagle as he learned a new system and worked through mechanical changes. It seemed like a foregone conclusion that he would be left off the roster. With Michael Vick and Kafka lost to injury, though, Edwards joined Nick Foles in making the most of his opportunity. In three preseason games, Edwards has completed 67 percent of his throws for 292 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Mornhinweg  has followed Edwards’ career because of their Bay Area connection, from high school through Stanford and eventually the NFL. Safe to say the offensive coordinator sounds like an Edwards supporter, for whatever that’s worth.

“You can understand why he started for a long period of time because he’s got some of those natural instincts and he does things the right way. Not many surprises with him. He is quite disciplined and has some natural ability and natural instincts,” he said.

* In other QB news, Mornhinweg said that Vick is real close to 100 percent and is ready to “rock and roll.”